Nov. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head volleyball coach Jeff Nelson has announced the signing of Mariah Agre, Juliane Hanna and Lexi Ross to National Letters of Intent. Agre, Hanna and Ross will join the Lobos in August 2010.
"The exciting thing about this class is their ability and opportunity to come in and contribute or start right away," stated Nelson. "All three girls are really experienced and complete players. This is our most experienced class yet."
Mariah Agre, S, 5-10, Lake Elsinore, Calif. / Elsinore HS / Temecula Vipers Volleyball Club (Psychology and Exercise Science)
Coach Nelson about Mariah Agre: "Mariah comes to us with a lot of experience and competes at a high level at the high school and club level. She's gutsy and takes risks. She will fit in well with our program."
Agre's Elsinore High School team is currently 25-2 and will play Thursday, Nov. 12 in the CIF Division AA second round playoffs. EHS was the Sunbelt League champions and is coached by UNM graduate Kim Horton. Agre also plays for Temecula Vipers volleyball club, coached by former Arizona All-American setter Dana Burkholder. She was named to the Under Armour All-American Top Senior Watch List and the all-tournament team at the Redlands East Valley Tournament.
Agre spent the first two years of high school playing at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. As a sophomore, she was a second team all-section Division III honoree when CCHS was the CIF Division III champion. Agre will play one more spring season with the Temecula Vipers.
"I'm really looking forward to being a part of and contributing to such a great program," said Agre. "I knew from my first day on the UNM campus that I wanted to live there and be a part of the volleyball program. It already feels like home."
Juliane Hanna, OH, 5-10, Aldie, Va. / Loudoun County HS / Virginia Elite Club (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Coach Nelson about Juliane Hanna: "Juliane is an outstanding athlete, very fast with a big dynamic jump. She plays for a good club program and has all the skills and tools of the game to do a really good job. She could be a really good L2 for us, possibly an L1 down the road. She is a big server and defensive player, the whole package."
Hanna's Loudoun County High School team is currently 20-3 and hosting the Virginia AA Region II semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 12. The 2009 Dulles District MVP and first team all-district selection is working hard to lead her team to their fourth state championship match appearance. LCHS has won back-to-back Virginia AA state titles (2008 and 2007) and were state runner-ups in Hanna's freshman season (2006).
As a junior, Hanna was first team all-state, all-region and all-district. Her sophomore season garnered second team all-district honors. In her four seasons of high school ball, LCHS is 103-7 with Hanna on the roster. Hanna will play one more spring season with the Virginia Elite Volleyball Club.
"I'm really excited to be a part of the volleyball team at UNM next fall," said Hanna. "I look forward to playing in front of all the great Lobo fans in the Johnson Center."
Lexi Ross, MB, 6-2, Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lakeridge HS / Athena Volleyball Club (Exercise Science/Physical Therapy and Math)
Coach Nelson about Lexi Ross: "Lexi is a great athlete. She has a great arm as shown by her success in the javelin. We expect her to start out in the middle with the ability to play all three front row positions. She is also a primary passer with ability to play all round."
By the end of her high school career, Ross, a three-sport athlete, has the possibility of earning 11 athletic letters by graduation next June. The recently named Three Rivers League Player of the Year served as a captain on her Lakeridge High School squad. Ross was a two-time, first team all-league player for LHS in volleyball.
Ross begins her third season of varsity basketball next week and her fourth varsity track & field season in the spring. She is the 2009 Oregon state javelin champion and holds LHS records in both javelin and high jump. The Oswego Review has honored Ross with several Athlete of the Week honors and she was the winner of the Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as a sophomore. Ross will play one more spring season with the Athena Volleyball Club.
Ross, a heptathlete for LHS, is expected to be a two-sport student-athlete for the Lobos, throwing the javelin for UNM track & field coach Joe Franklin.
"New Mexico is the place for me," said Ross. "I am ecstatic to play volleyball at the Lobos' high, competitive level, which will challenge me every day, both on and off the court. I can't wait!"